Former US Strronaut in KL to share knowledge with young M'sians

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  • Monday, 29 Oct 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Daniel T. Barry, a retired NASA Astronaut, is in Kuala Lumpur for a week to help instil interest in science and impart his interesting knowledge to Malaysian youngsters.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman said Dr Barry is here in conjunction with the Second Inter Sessional Meeting of The Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC).

GSIAC will be chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Nov 1.

"He boasts the record of being a veteran of three space fights, four spacewalks and two trips to the International Space Station. He was also a cast member in season 12 of CBS' reality television programme Survivor: Panama-Exile Island, and is also known for his successes in transforming non-programmers to be one within three hours," Mohd Yusoff said in a statement.

Dr Barry is scheduled to give public lectures before an audience of 500 to 700 and carry out workshops at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) today and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) on Oct 30.

Thirty-two students between the ages of 13 to 16 years old are expected to participate in the workshops and the winners will be given the privilege to celebrate with the Prime Minister on the day of the GSIAC meeting.

Dr Barry is currently the President and Founder of Denbar Robotics, a company rendering services in robotics, engineering, healthcare services and operations in extreme environments, and was involved in numerous initiatives to promote interest in science in many countries, especially amongst the younger generation. - BERNAMA

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